LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has announced yet another whooping case at a Lexington high school.
The ninth confirmed case in Lexington appeared at Paul Laurence Dunbar Gymnasium. This is the third case in the school year and two of the three cases originated in Dunbar. The second case came from Frederick Douglass High School.
Health Ombudsman recommends high-risk students with chronic illnesses or weakened immune systems to take preventative antibiotics.
The infectious disease initially resembles a cold, but it can become more severe over time. The best way to prevent whooping cough is vaccination.
The immunity of the vaccine tends to decrease over time, which is why a booster is recommended for older children and adults.